News

Turkish reporter released after 'disinformation' arrest

By AFP

November 7, 2023 11:56 AM


File photo

A top Turkish investigative reporter walked free Monday, days after being detained under a controversial new "disinformation" law over an article about judicial corruption.

Tolga Sardan, 55, was arrested and charged last Wednesday over a story he had published the day before on the T24 independent news site.

The article concerned an alleged report presented to the presidency by the MIT intelligence agency about its probe into corruption in Turkey's legal system.

The presidency denied the existence of the MIT report moments after Sardan's detention.

Sardan's arrest was one of the most prominent under Turkey's new "disinformation" law, which threatens journalists and social media users with jail terms of up to three years.

The legislation was adopted last year with the help of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, further tightening the government's grip over news sites and social media platforms.

A Turkish court on Monday agreed to release Sardan under the condition that he remains in Turkey pending trial, T24 reported.

"I stand by what I wrote," the news site quoted Sardan as saying after leaving the notorious Marmara prison on the outskirts of Istanbul.

"I was only doing journalism," he said. "I was trying to inform the public".

Turkey's constitutional court is due to consider this week whether a new clause added to the disinformation law banning the "dissemination of false information" -- the charge facing Sardan -- was legal.

Turkey was ranked 165th out of 180 countries on Reporters Without Borders' 2023 World Press Freedom Index.


AFP


Most Read

  1. Stormy rain warning: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow Stormy rain warning: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow
  2. PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount
  3. Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case
  4. Bilal Abbas and Sarah Khan's 'Abdullahpur Ka Devdas' on YouTube from March 1 Bilal Abbas and Sarah Khan's 'Abdullahpur Ka Devdas' on YouTube from March 1
  5. Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore
  6. Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse

Opinion

  1. Literate the Religious Illiterate
    Literate the Religious Illiterate

    By Dr Asif Channer

  2. THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923
    THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923

    By Syed Aun Mohammed Bokhari

  3. Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
    Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

    By Muhammad Asad Ayaz

  4. To Know and Not to Know
    To Know and Not to Know

    By Abdullah Bin Tahir

  5. Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society
    Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society

    By Mehak Sabir